Girlie and I went to Costco on Saturday night and picked up a huge package of strawberries. Little Dude has eaten nothing but those strawberries since then, so they are almost gone already! I probably have enough to include in tomorrow’s lunch, but then I’ll need to make another trip to the store! He’ll be happy to see them in today’s EasyLunchBox:
Turkey Pinwheels and Strawberries
Little Dude’s lunch has turkey pinwheels (tortilla, turkey, laughing cow lite cheese wedge, & diced cucumber), goldfish, cheerios with raisins, strawberries, blueberries, and yogurt with sprinkles. Girlie has turkey pinwheels, goldfish, red and yellow bell peppers, strawberries, cantaloupe,blueberries, and yogurt with sprinkles. She caught a peek of her lunch this morning and was positively giddy, so I am sure she will be thrilled when lunchtime rolls around!
After our very eventful day yesterday, we were all so wiped out that we went to bed early and slept late! Even with the extra rest, we all woke up with a case of “the Mondays.” Little Dude was outright bargaining for anything other than school this morning. He proposed going to the playground, the gym, or even shopping instead! Sorry, kid!
Do you have any special Monday routine to soothe “The Mondays?”
My Girlie and I crossed our first finish line together at BucksFit this morning. Not to brag or anything, but I actually crossed the finish line twice!
The 5K and 1 Mile races took place at the Northampton Township Community Park, where I run a few times a week as a part of my fitness routine. It is a great place to run outdoors and only a mile away from our house. The 5K had a great mix of runners of all ages and abilities. Everyone seemed very enthusiastic to participate. I started toward the front of the pack and while I was quickly passed by 50 or more runners, once they passed me by, I held my ground and even passed a few people myself. At some point I lapped some old ladies and couldn’t decide if that was reason to celebrate or not!
A 5K is no big deal for me because I run that all the time, but I was really excited to be part of the race itself and it meant a lot to me that my family came out to cheer me on. My husband and Girlie and Little Dude were there along with my Mom and Dad. It was really fun to run past them and wave. It made me feel great for them to see me in one of my finer moments. I have never been known for my athletic prowess and I’ve always been overweight, so I felt good showing them my improvement.
When I crossed the finish line at 28:29, I was feeling great and I was thrilled with my time. I usually run at around 6MPH, and this is a pace closer to 6.5! I kept going after I crossed the line and ran to Girlie’s 1 Mile race, which was already in progress and joined her so we could finish together. She was already about halfway done and was mostly walking by then, so it was a good way to cool down from my run. We ran together to finish her race and she did a great job of keeping her chin up and not being upset when she passed the trophy table without taking one!
Girlie crossing the finish line!
I was so proud of her that she went the full mile without stopping. She did not complain once during the half mile we completed together. I hope that this experience adds to her fitness repertoire and that she’ll want to do this again. It was a lot of fun. It meant a lot to her that her Dad and brother and MomMom and Poppy were there to cheer her on too. What a great morning!
Me and my Girlie after our races!
Does anyone have a good idea for what to do with our race bibs now? I’d love a fun way to commemorate them and also have something to add more bibs to as we do more races in the future. Here is the park map for anyone interested in seeing our course:
Northampton Township Community Park Map
Happy Friday! This was an extremely busy week for me and I am ready to start our amazingly under-booked weekend! I definitely need to make grocery shopping a priority and get all of us back on track with our nutrition plans and fitness goals. Girlie and I have our race on Sunday morning and that seems like a great way to re-invigorate my own fitness and diet regimen. For now though, Breakfast for Lunch is today’s menu! This was Girlie’s request once again. I think she just likes the novelty of having cereal at school. Today’s lunches are in their Kotobuki Frog and Panda lunchboxes:
Breakfast for Lunch
Girlie’s lunch is on the top row and consists of cantaloupe, multi-grain cheerios, and milk. I also gave her a frozen yogurt tube. Little Dude has cantaloupe, a cereal bar, banana with peanut butter, and Greek yogurt.
Do your kids like breakfast for lunch or breakfast for dinner? It has always been a favorite of mine, so I am not surprised my kids are asking for it!
What have you got going on this weekend? I am not sure what our weather is going to be like, but aside from the race, I mostly want to get stuff done around here and maybe set a meal plan for next week. I’ll try to do a post on Sunday to let you know how the race goes. If you remember in my previous post, I was concerned about Girlie’s ability to cope with not being the race winner. She seems to believe me now that she cannot win the race and should just focus on having fun, but we’ll see how that translates to her real-life reaction!
Have a great weekend!
Today’s lunches are the exact same! This is unusual as I generally include one variation to accommodate someone’s likes or dislikes. I skipped Girlie’s veggie serving, so I’ll have to make sure she gets extra with dinner tonight! Here are today’s EasyLunchBox creations:
Twin Love Lunches
They have heart-shaped muffin cups of ham, wheat things, cheese cubes, and star cookies. There is half an apple in each fruit compartment and yogurt with sprinkles in each of the small compartments. Overall, not my healthiest lunch, but simple and fast to pack in the morning and they will love it.
I visited Girlie’s Jr. Kindergarten classroom today to do my part in Week of the Young Child. I wanted to discuss packing healthy, no trash generated lunches. I’d have settled for talking about my career as a Salesforce consultant. However, Girlie had other plans and wanted to talk about magic! She basically wanted to use the spotlight so she could perform a magic trick she learned a few months ago. Since I was making the class visit for her benefit anyway, I figured I might as well do what she wanted me to do. I said a few words about my own love for Harry Potter and all things magical. I told them that Girlie’s middle name is Potter, in homage to my favorite series of all time. I brought them magic rice krispie bars, and then dressed Girlie in her Gryffindor school robes and let her do her thing! She performed beautifully. Her teacher took some pictures and I’ll share them later. She is a great performer and did her trick perfectly. I was so proud of her!
Does your family love magic? My husband and I are both avid readers and love magical stories. Girlie seems to be walking in our footsteps. I can’t wait until she is old enough to really appreciate the Harry Potter series too!
Today’s EasyLunchBox is full of the kids’ favorite lunchtime foods:
Favorite Foods Lunch
They have ham and cheese crescent roll sandwiches that my mom made for them, babybel cheese with starts cut into them, popcorn with craisins, strawberries and blue berries, and Little Dude has yogurt, where Girlie has cucumber and tomato. This lunch was very simple and took just a few minutes to assemble. I know it will be their favorite for this week!
I’m in Washington D.C. today, attending a Salesforce event. Cloudforce is on tour and I am lucky enough to be attending for the second time this year. Luckily I am able to take the train and avoid traffic! Any Pennsylvania or New Jersey people want to explain a travel riddle to me? I live in PA, and the most convenient Amtrak station for me is in Trenton, NJ. My friend lives in southern NJ and the most convenient station for him is 30th Street in Philadelphia, PA. How are we switching states to get on the same train. It is mind boggling!
Do you attend professional events regularly? I do and I think they are very helpful for training and networking. Hope you’re having a great week!
My mom found these awesome pumpkin shaped pastas at the grocery store around Halloween and bought a bag for our family:
I’ve been rationing them out for a few months and Little Dude is a huge fan. I added them to some tomato soup and gave my kids a hot lunch today! They rarely get hot lunch and they love tomato soup, so they were both excited to see their thermoses out.
Tomato Soup with Calabaza Pasta
The rest of their lunches are packed in their Kotobuki frog and panda lunch boxes:
The lunchboxes are a little disorganized today, as I tried to cram too much in them! Their fruit compartment has mango, strawberry, and blueberries. The mango was so juicy and delicious. My girlie and I were talking about our friend Elsa as we prepared it because she’s the one who taught us how to properly peel and cut up a mango. The bottom tray has crackers, turkey baby carrots, and sliced cheese cut into flowers and stars.
Girlie asked me to have a sleepover with her last night. Her definition of this is that we stay up a little later than usual, and then lie in bed together and tell stories and giggle until we fall asleep. I have said no the last few times she asked and I am away 3 nights this week, so I figured it was the right time to say yes. We had a great time snuggling up and played a few games of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” and then told some silly stories. She told a great one about a fire-breathing dragon who accidentally sets a castle on fire, but gets help from a water-squirting dragon to put it out. She gave credit to the Bubble Guppies show for inspiration on that one! Anyway, we definitely did not get the best sleep with our arrangement last night, but it was fun! I hope this is the kind of thing she remembers when she grows up. I love to do these special little gestures for her that don’t cost a penny, but are lots of fun.
Do you have any silly traditions like this with your kids? I’d especially love ideas on how to make my son’s day!
Today’s lunch was inspired by the bakery-fresh challah loaf I purchased at Penn Station yesterday morning. I couldn’t resist it and wondered if the kids would love it as much as I do. They both loved the taste they had yesterday, so I decided to use the bread to make a cream cheese and jelly sandwich for their EasyLunchBoxes today:
Challah Cream Cheese & Jelly
I sliced the bread nice and thick too! I hope they love it. They also have goldfish and raisins in the main compartment and Strawberries in the fruit compartment. Girlie has cucumbers and grape tomatoes in the small compartment and Little Dude has yogurt (as usual). I really talked up the special Challah bread to Girlie (we didn’t bring home souvenirs), so I wonder if she’ll brag to her friends that her Challah is fresh from NYC!
Our weekend trip to New York City was really fun. I managed to keep the entire trip a surprise from my husband. He knew that we were going somewhere and that he needed 2 casual outfits and one that was a little nicer. He knew were were going overnight. That’s about it. It helped that my mom misled him to think that we were going to New Jersey. He probably expected a night in Atlantic City or something like that. Well, we did go to New Jersey, but just to the train station! Then we took a 75 minute ride up to New York and emerged from Penn Station, straight into the hustle and bustle of one of the world’s best cities!
Rachel in Times Square!
After checking into the hotel, we wandered around a little and grabbed a quick bite to eat before hustling off to Broadway to see a show! Then we walked back to the hotel (in the pouring rain!), changed, and grabbed a late-night snack and some cocktails in the hotel lounge. I was find so enjoy some live music and just relax. We stayed at a pretty nice hotel this time too! We slept late the next morning, grabbed breakfast at a teeny tiny diner, and headed back home on the train. It was a great trip and we really had fun together. It is so nice that we now live close enough to my parents that they can watch the kids for the weekend and the kids are thrilled to go there! THANKS MOM!
Where was your last weekend getaway? What’s on your wish-list for next time?
I am almost embarrassed to post this failed attempt at an Earth Day lunch, but if I don’t, what else would I post???
My bento friends participated in this awesome blog hop earlier in the week and I should’ve at least tried to copy their work. Instead, my kids get this:
Earth Day Bento
This is… an earth-like PB&J sandwich, surrounded by popcorn stars? They have yogurt mixed with frozen berries, hard boiled eggs, and carrot sticks. Girlie also got a green smoothie in her lunchbox. Oh well, they can’t all be winners! At least the lunch is environmentally friendly in that there is no trash being produced (other than food scraps). Reducing waste is very important to me and is one of the big reasons I love making these bento lunches. I have noticed that a lot of the other kids are eating out of plastic baggies and a lot of waste is produced from the lunch table when they are done. It adds up really fast and I feel good that my kids’ lunches don’t contribute. Ok, there’s my soapbox for the day. Thanks for listening!
I am not sure if I will have a weekend post because I will be very busy taking my husband away on a “Mystery Date.” He has no idea where we are going or what we are doing. The clues he’s been given are that we’ll be headed East, it is an overnight trip (thanks for taking the kids, Mom!), and he needs to pack some casual comfy clothes and one nicer outfit. Anyone care to guess?
Girlie knows something about the trip and she’s been trying to set her dad on the wrong path by telling him clues that are not true. I find this hilarious, but wonder if it is encouraging lying. What do you think? Her tales are cute too…”You’re going to a super fancy restaurant with 100 kinds of wine and you can drink them ALL!”
So, if you don’t hear from me, please assume I’m having a blast and I’ll send an update on Monday! Have a great weekend, everyone!
Finally! I found an egg big enough to fill the Hello Kitty egg mold! I had tried a few times before and it never filled in enough to show all the features. This one was big enough… the only problem was that it was so big that it was very difficult to snap the hinges shut to lock the mold! I love HK’s bow and whiskers the best, but you can also see her nose, eyes and mouth on the egg. So cute!
Hello Kitty Egg
Little Dude got a car egg today. He loves hard boiled eggs and I credit the car egg mold for piquing his interest. Both kids got turkey in a flower cup, wheat thins, cheddar cheese, apple slices, and craisins. Girlie also got some sugar snap peas. This is a very simple lunch and outside of the time for boiling eggs, it took only a few minutes to assemble.
I promised updates on the frozen applesauce project from yesterday’s post. Girlie reported back that she LOVED the frozen applesauce! She was so excited to tell me about it the instant I picked her up from school. She said the applesauce was still a little bit frozen, making the texture like water ice (an east coast delicacy that I cannot explain). It was chilly and tasted great with the cinnamon sugar. She was very happy and asked if I could give it to her again sometime soon!
I love that she specifically tasted her applesauce first so she could take notes for me. Little Dude’s only feedback was the empty cup. I was worried his might not as defrost as well because it stays in the fridge, but it looks like he found some way to eat it.
Girlie had asked for applesauce and when I was trying to decide where to put it in her EasyLunchBox, I had a fun idea. I decided to put the unsweetened applesauce in a silicon muffin cup, sprinkle a tiny bit of cinnamon sugar on top, and then freeze it! My logic is that it will help keep the rest of the food cool and will make it stay in the cup for transport. It won’t slosh around on its way to school and it should defrost by lunchtime. I hope. Will it taste funny? I am excited to hear Girlie’s report this afternoon! Here’s today’s lunch:
F.A.B. – Frozen Applesauce Bento!
They have turkey and cheddar pinwheels, peanut butter filled pretzels, frozen applesauce, and strawberries mixed with orange segments. Little Dude has yogurt and I snuck some in some raisins. Girlie has broccoli and ranch dip and some carrots.
My girlie went to her very first cooking class at the township’s rec center last night. It was listed for ages 4 though 10, but she was clearly the youngest one there at 5 and a half. It was a 90 minute drop-off class in which they made 4 recipes together and then ate them in class. She brought home some leftovers too. The recipes were all very simple (a smoothie, grilled cheese, salad, and a pudding dessert) and she’s made them all before in some form or another, but the experience of doing it in a “cooking class” absolutely thrilled her. She came home and was very excited to tell us all about her night – and asked us to sign her up for more!
I’d love to sign her up for more (I already have one other session booked), and the acting classes she wants, karate class, and dance too. She already does gymnastics and I am wary of over scheduling her or any of us. I think one activity a week is enough for us right now. What do you think? How many activities are your kids doing each week?
I used these products for this lunch: